In­side Bar­nesy’s hard knock life

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE -

BASED on the best-sell­ing book, this film gives au­di­ences an up close and per­sonal in­sight into how the once un­known boy, James Dixon Swan, be­came the house­hold name and Aussie icon we know to­day as Jimmy Barnes.

Ac­claimed direc­tor Mark Joffe (Jack Ir­ish) has crafted an un­flinch­ing, pow­er­ful and tran­scen­dent doc­u­men­tary that is raw, con­fronting and at times darkly funny.

The film ex­plores Jimmy’s child­hood as he re­traces his ear­li­est steps through the hard streets of Glas­gow be­fore re­liv­ing his South Aus­tralian up­bring­ing all while un­cov­er­ing the deep and raw themes of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, poverty and al­co­holism. The doc­u­men­tary also fea­tures spe­cial duets by Jimmy’s chil­dren, Ma­halia Barnes and David Camp­bell.

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